Top Tummy Tuck Questions

Dr. J. Alex Kelamis, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Northwest Arkansas Center for Plastic Surgery

We sat down with Dr. J. Alex Kelamis, board-certified plastic surgeon at the Northwest Arkansas Center for Plastic Surgery, and asked him what questions he hears the most from patients at their consultation for a "tummy tuck" or abdominoplasty procedure.

1. How long will I have to take off work?

"Patients can expect to take 1-2 weeks off from work after an abdominoplasty "tummy tuck" procedure. Remember, your body is healing itself! Accept help with kids, housework, meals, etc."

2. How long before I can work out again?

"Patients will need to observe minimal activity during the first week after tummy tuck surgery. What does this mean? Essentially, do not get your heart rate up. No no's: sweeping, mopping, mowing the yard, gardening, vacuuming, carrying laundry around, etc. You may walk to the bathroom as usual, go to the kitchen to make a sandwich—as long as you listen to your body.

At two weeks post-op, you may begin low-impact exercise (walking), slowly, and progress as tolerated."

3. What if I gain weight after my tummy tuck procedure?

"I advise my patients to get to their ideal weight before having their abdominoplasty surgery. Not only that, but to maintain that weight for 3-6 months. This will help greatly in preserving your tummy tuck results."

4. How long before I can have sex?

"Approximately two weeks."

5. What will my scar look like?

"The incision will be approximately from hip-bone to hip-bone. We include in-office scar treatment in our abdominoplasty surgical quotes to help with the appearance of the scarring."

6. When will I see results?

"I tell my patients that it usually takes 6-9 months before they will see the true, final results of their abdominoplasty 'tummy tuck.' Be patient—you will experience some swelling up to several months after your surgery."

The most important aspect in any cosmetic or plastic procedure is choosing a board certified plastic surgeon. At the Northwest Arkansas Center for Plastic Surgery, both Dr. Kelamis and Dr. Stacey are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which is part of the American Board of Medical Specialties. (ABMS). 

ASPS member surgeons meet rigorous standards; do not be confused by other official-sounding boards and certifications.

Call or text us at 479.571.3100 to schedule your consultation!

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